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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has called on the United Nations to collaborate with the government in efforts towards ending the invasion of communities and killing of innocent people by herdsmen in parts of the state.
Governor Ortom made the call when the Regional Director of United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, visited him at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.
He said the end of the killings and destruction of property will restore peace and pave the way for the smooth running of United Nations education programmes as well as other development projects in the state.
Governor Ortom emphasized that the crisis had paralysed economic activities in many communities as farming which is the main occupation of Benue people could no longer take place.
"Our people cannot go and farm in the air. Farming is done on land, but if the land becomes a no go area, where would our farmers run to? If the farmers are allowed to farm in peace, they can raise money to fund the education of their children", Governor Ortom stated.
He commended UNESCO for the interest it had shown in adult education, assuring that his administration would continue to give priority to literacy for all, including adult education.
Earlier, the UNESCO Regional Director, Dr. Benoit Sossou who was represented by the Coordinator, Revitalizing Adult and Youth Literacy, UNESCO, Abuja, commended Governor Ortom for the strides being taken by his administration in the area of education and urged the Governor to sustain the efforts.
The UNESCO regional head said the team was in the state to call for Government's support and commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 4 which reads 'Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all'.

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